James Tuchet, 5th Baron Audley, was a noted veteran of the Hundred Years War. He raised troops from his estates, and supported the Lancastrian cause. He commanded the Lancastrian forces at the Battle of Blore Heath ( September 23, 1459), where he was killed.
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White plumes were generally warm on their Raupenhelms.
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I have attended and run games at Battle Group Boston's annual early spring miniature wargames convention, HAVOC, a number of times over the years. The convention was cancelled in 2020 and 2021 due to the pandemic, and I did not consider attending in 2022, either. Indeed, the last time I attended was in 2019, and that year heavy snow that weekend really cut down attendance. I wasn't planning on attending this year either, but a month or so before the show the organizers put out a call for more games. Up until 2019, when I had attended, I had made the roughly 2.5 hr drive to the convention, set up my game, run it, packed it up, and driven home the same day. The last time I did that, in ? 2018, I decided that was just too much for one day. In 2019, I stayed overnight in a not that nearby hotel with my freind Greg Hansen from HAHGS, and ran games Saturday afternoon and Sunday AM. I answered the email saying that I would run a couple of games, IF I could find someone to share a room with. The convention had relocated to a new venue, the Best Western hotel in Marlborough, MA, with on site rooms, restaurant, etc. It turned out that Greg was attending and had a room, so we shared it Saturday night. Good deal!
French cavalry charge a roughly equal number of Spanish cavalry; the French had a real quality advantage here. One of the players had to leave an hour before the game was scheduled to conclude, so I assigned him the Iberian horsemen! :-)
The rules used were a variant of Feudal Combat Patrol by Buck Surdu; almost all of the outcomes in the game are governed by the cards in the deck that each player has. The Conquistadors had many combat advantages, but in the end they got bogged down in indecisive combats in the vegetation and made little progress. Many Maya fell, but so did quite a few of the "men of Steel". Surprisingly, all of my boys returned home to the village alive!
Edgar faced off against Devin, who was attending his first ever wargames convention. Naturally, the newcomer prevailed, the inferior Indian Cavalry being bolstered by the decidedly impressive Indian heavy chariots!
In the center, the Indian long bowmen loosed innumerable arrows, almost all to little effect (the phalangites were saving on 5+). They used the "Shoot and Scoot" to stay just out of reach of the fearsome Phalanx units as long as possible. When the pikes finally got stuck in, the Macedonian player scored few hits, and the Indians saved almost every one, despite many units needing a 9+ to save! With the Macedonian infantry frustrated, the win went to Porus after an Indian chariot smashed Alexander himself and his companions!